Most of us would describe our congregations as “welcoming.” Many of our church signs and bulletins proudly proclaim, “All are welcome!” But what does this phrase actually mean? Alicia Sojourner, a racial equity consultant, encourages congregations to move “beyond welcoming and seek God’s authentic integration.” Given this, it may be time for us to examine the differences between being welcoming and being inclusive.
When we say, “All are welcome,” does that include people who don’t look/talk/vote like the majority of congregation members? What about those who don’t share our values or worldview?
This message is an excerpt from “Devotional: Plenty good room” by Angela T. Khabeb in the May 2020 issue of Gather magazine. Today is the twelfth Sunday after Pentecost.